25 April 2008


My wife is a wonderful woman. She's known for some time that I've always wanted to see an owl. I mean, come on, they're such cool birds. Her friend Andy Beet visited her at the library last week brandishing a photo of an owl in a tree just behind the building. When I got home from work, we took off to go see it. It wasn't a rare bird, there weren't scads of birders lined up looking at it through their scopes. Just the two of us at sunset staring up at an owl roosting in a hole in a tree. And now that I've seen one, I can't wait to see more. Thanks sweetie!

Photos courtesy of Andy Beet

The bird I saw was a red-phase Eastern Screech-owl. So there must be two staying there this summer!


Mike said...

Congrats! My first owl sighting in the wild was also an eastern screech owl. What a thrill it is to spot one of these birds, so celebrated in mythology, out in the living world. As far as I'm concerned, it never gets old.

Bevson said...

Only once have I seen an owl in a hole in a tree. Usually they are on a branch and yes, there is almost certainly a line of birder eyeing it back. Good find.